Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

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Nevada State Senate elections will be held in 11 of Nevada's 21 senate districts on November 2, 2010. The 11 districts where electoral contests take place in 2010 are: Capital, Clark 2, Clark 5(B), Clark 7(B), Clark 8, Clark 9, Clark 10, Clark 12, Washoe 1, Washoe 2, Washoe 4.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 12, 2010 and the primary election day is June 8, 2010.

Nevada's state senators are elected to a 4-year term that begins on the first day after the November election.[1]

The incumbent senator is running for re-election in 3 of the 11 state senate seats that are up for re-election in 2010. Of the remaining 8 districts, 5 incumbents are not eligible because of term limits. There are also 2 vacant districts -- Capital and Washoe 4 -- which were previously occupied by term-limited senators.

See also: Nevada State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

2010 is the first year that some Nevada State Senators are ineligible to run for office because of the term limits law first passed in 1994.

Nevada voters approved Question 9A in 1996. Question 9A was a second vote on a term limits amendment first approved in 1994. Alone among the states with ballot initiatives, Nevada voters must approve a proposed constitutional amendment twice before it goes into the Nevada Constitution. The 1994 and 1996 votes cumulatively led to Paragraph 2 of Section 4 of Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution, which says, "No person may be elected or appointed as a Senator who has served in that Office, or at the expiration of his current term if he is so serving will have served, 12 years or more, from any district of this State."

Altogether, there are 21 Nevada State Senators. In 2010, five of them who are current members are ineligible to run for the senate again in November. In addition, two former Republican state senators (Mark Amodei and Randolph Townsend) who resigned earlier in 2010 are or would have been ineligible had they stayed in office.

Ineligible current state senators are:

Democrats (4):


Republicans (1):


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Nevada in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2008 32 $4,595,155
2006 23 $4,617,882
2004 39 $4,452,213
2002 25 $2,878,156

"Pay to play" controversy

In August 2010, Senate Majority leader Steven Horsford sent an email to potential contributors to Democratic candidates in 2010, offering access to himself and Senate leadership in exchange for cash donations. State Republican Party Chairman Mark Amodei criticized the email that appeared to imply regular legislators would not be allowed meetings with legislators unless they "payed to play." According to the email:

“Organizations or individuals that contribute $25,000 or more will receive a private dinner with the Senate majority leader and chairs of all the standing committees,” the email solicitation says. “The dinner will permit up to 10 invited guests to accompany the Victory Leadership Circle Member.

As of the 2010 election, Democrats held a 12-9 advantage in the Senate. If they pick up two more seats in the November 2, 2010 election, they will have a veto-proof 14 seats.[3]

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Senate, a candidate must be:[4]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A one-year resident of Nevada preceding the election
  • A resident for 30 days of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • A qualified election. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Nevada for at least 6 months prior to the next election, and 30 days in the district or county
* At least 18 years old by the next election

Filing fee

Any person intending to run for a seat in the Nevada Senate must file a declaration of candidacy with the county clerk's office of the county in which he or she resides or with the Office of Nevada Secretary of State.

Candidates must pay a filing fee. The fee is $100.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 11
     Republican Party 10
Total 21


List of candidates

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Capital

Note: This seat is currently vacant.

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 8 Independent American Party primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin Ranft
Republican Party James Arnold Settlemeyer
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Cody Quirk

Clark 2

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.
Note: Incumbent Democrat Maggie Carlton is not running for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Moises Denis

Clark 5(B)

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Joyce Woodhouse Approveda Incumbent Woodhouse has represented Clark 5B since 2007.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joyce Woodhouse
Republican Party Michael Roberson

Clark 7(B)

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Terry Care is not running for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Manendo
Republican Party Anthony Wright

Clark 8

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tammy Peterson
Republican Party Barbara Cegavske

Clark 9

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Benny Yerushalmi
Republican Party Elizabeth Halseth
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Tom Jones

Clark 10

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Henry Tyler: 583 Approveda
  • Dallas Augustine: 517
  • Billy Soloe: 266
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:
Note: Incumbent Democrat Bob Coffin is not running for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ruben Kihuen
Republican Party Henry Tyler
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Glenn Brown

Clark 12

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Joseph Hardy: 8,043 Approveda
  • Patrick McNaught: 5,839
  • Steve Sanson: 865
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:
Note: Incumbent Republican Stan Olsen is not running for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Aaron Ford
Republican Party Joseph Hardy
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Richard Wayne O'Dell

Washoe 1

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party June 8 Libertarian primary result:
Note: Incumbent Democrat Bernice Mathews is not running for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sheila Leslie
Republican Party Philip Salerno
Libertarian Party Thomas Cornell

Washoe 2

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Note: Incumbent Republican Maurice Washington is not running for re-election due to Nevada term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Allison Edwards
Republican Party Don Gustavson

Washoe 4

Note: This seat is vacant.

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Ben Kieckhefer: 5,458 Approveda
  • Ty Cobb: 4,880
  • Todd Bailey: 1,599
  • Frank L. Wright: 1,087
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada American Independent:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ben Kieckhefer
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada M. K. Yochum

See also

External links

References

  1. Features of Nevada's 2010 elections. See p. 31
  2. Follow the Money, Nevada
  3. Nevada Senate Democrats offer access in exchange for PAC contributions
  4. Qualifications for running for Nevada Senate